Day trip

Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

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Activity provider: AAT Kings
Day trip

Alice Springs: Town Highlights and West MacDonnell Ranges

Activity provider: AAT Kings

From US$ 157.11 per person

Experience Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell Ranges in a day. Visit Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, School of the Air, Alice Springs Reptile Centre, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, and the Telegraph Station, the best of Alice Springs.

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Duration 10.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please be waiting in front of your hotel 10 minutes prior to departure.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience the outback at Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm
  • Explore Alice Springs
  • Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air to learn about these incredible community services
  • Get up close and personal to some of the outback's most interesting wildlife
Full description
Depart Alice Springs to explore The West Macs, stopping at the historical Flynn’s Grave Memorial, the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Next up, travel to Simpsons Gap, featuring towering cliffs and a permanent waterhole. The site is significant to the Arrernte people as being the home of giant goanna ancestors. Following that, take a walk to spot black-footed rock wallabies and take magnificent photos. You'll then visit Standley Chasm. Traditionally known as Angkerle Atwatye, this is an important cultural place which is sacred to women's dreaming in Aboriginal culture. Take a 1.2-kilometer walk to access the dramatic 80-meter-tall rock-face, and on the way there or back, note the unusual features of the natural landscape. The unique micro climate in this valley has created some distinctive features, such as ancient cycads and a myriad of rock types and pebbles that are thousands of years old. After your walk, enjoy morning tea at a local cafe before heading back to Alice Springs for some free time for lunch before setting off again to explore the town. In the afternoon, tour the sights of "The Alice" including the School of the Air. Learn how children who cannot access schools are educated by radio, and you may have the opportunity to listen to and observe actual lessons in progress on air. Stop at the historic Telegraph Station, which marks the original site of the first European settlement in Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctors Service, where you will see how medical aid reaches those who live in the remote "outback". You'll also stop at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre, where you can see up close and maybe touch some of the lizards and snakes of Central Australia's semi-arid desert. The tour later concludes with panoramic views of the township of Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
  • Comprehensive commentary
  • Travel on board a comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • On-board WiFi and USB chargers
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from selected Alice Springs hotels
  • Morning tea
  • Entry to Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, the School of the Air, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Alice Springs Telegraph Station, and the Alice Springs Reptile Park
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks other than those listed

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour operates with maximum of 20 people
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on these tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle
  • If traveling with a wheelchair, you must contact the local partner at least 72 hours prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated
  • If traveling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72 hours prior to departure to ensure that it can be accommodated
  •  Please dress according to the weather, bring sunscreen, and bring a refillable water bottle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Een heerlijke ochtend met een klein groepje in de west macdonnel ranges. En de middag zeer informatief!

March 31, 2023


My daughter and I really enjoyed the tour - informative guides who had a good sense of humour. Great places to visit that weren’t too busy with other tourists.

June 30, 2022

The bus drive was fantastic if he did all the tours I went on I would be extremely happy thanks for a threat day

April 27, 2021

Product ID: 368776